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Clifford Henry Benn Kitchin; Richard Jennings; John Kenneth Ritchie, 3rd Baron Ritchie of Dundee; Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, June 1924 2 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (73 mm x 98 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141600
Clifford Henry Benn Kitchin (17 October 1895 – 4 April 1967) was a British novelist of the early twentieth century. He was best known for his four mystery novels featuring the sleuth Malcolm Warren (Death of My Aunt, Crime at Christmas, Death of His Uncle, and The Cornish Fox), but his other novels were also highly regarded, especially by other writers. His best-known novels are The Auction Sale, Streamers Waving, and Mr. Balcony. He was one of Francis King's two mentors, the other being J. R. Ackerley. His other works include The Book of Life, Ten Pollitt Place and Jumping Joan.
Kitchin attended Exeter College, Oxford and became a barrister. He was a gifted chess player, bridge player and pianist. Kitchin led a varied and colourful life. He was born into wealth and increased his wealth through investment in the stock market. He used his wealth to take part in many different fields, including the breeding and racing of greyhounds, in which he was briefly an important figure. He was homosexual, and was living with his lover Clive Bertram Preen (October 23, 1886 - April 20, 1944) until Preen's death in 1944.
Four of his novels with gay themes—The Sensitive One, Birthday Party, Ten Pollitt Place, and The Book of Life—have been reprinted by Valancourt Books.
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